Participants of the CUNY Fatherhood Academy, one of the Young Men's Initiative programs, at a trip to the New York International Auto Show. (Photo via official site of Young Men's Initiative)

‘Young Men’s Initiative’: Broad Mission, Limited Impact

Black, Government, In the News, Latino, Social Services December 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Three years into Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, City Limits examines the program’s effectiveness in helping men of color.

Katerin Pleites, 12 (Photo by Gerardo Romo via

Dreamers Share Their Stories on Interactive Platform

Government, Immigration, In the News, Latino November 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm

An interactive multimedia project in support of the DREAM Act is encouraging dreamers across the nation to put out their pictures and share their aspirations. “Somos Dreamers/We Are Dreamers” has been launched by Impremedia, the publisher of El Diario-La Prensa.

Locals say they cannot enjoy Starlight Park in light of the many teenagers that get together in large groups there. (Photo by Jim Henderson via Bronx Bureau)

Bronx Residents Agitate for Better Park Policing

Bronx, Environment, Government November 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Some Bronx residents say they cannot enjoy Starlight Park because they fear the large groups of teens that hang out there, reports Bronx Bureau. These concerns bring to light the fact that while the borough has the highest percentage of park grounds, it has the smallest number of park patrol officers.

Photo by Melanie Bencosme

14,000 Wage Theft Cases Pending in NYS

Government, Labor November 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm

The Coalition for a Real Minimum-Wage Increase held a rally to reveal that its Freedom of Information Act request found that there are 14,000 open cases of unpaid wages at the New York State Department of Labor.

Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Washington, Richard Schnepf, and Lt. Karol Cierpica are decorating Linda and Robert Ollis, the parents of the killed American soldier.
(Photo by Wojciech Kubik/Consulate General of Poland in NY via Nowy Dziennik)

US Soldier Posthumously Honored for Saving Polish Serviceman

Eastern European, Government November 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm

“Poles will remember his heroic deed.” A Staten Island-raised soldier is posthumously honored for saving the life of a Polish serviceman during a Taliban attack on an American base in Afghanistan, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said his administration will look like the city. (Photo by Julius Mortal/Voices of NY)

De Blasio Vows to Build Diverse Administration

Elections 2013, Government, Latino, Revson Covering NYC November 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

A government that looks like the city is what Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio vowed to assemble during a reception at the “Somos el Futuro” conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, over the weekend.

Raj Mukherji, recently elected for the New Jersey State Assembly, alongside Sen. Cory Booker and Oprah Winfrey (Photo via the News India Times.)

Indian-American Political Star Rises in NJ

Elections 2013, Government, Metro Area, South Asian November 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Raj Mukherji, 29, became the second Indian-American elected to the New Jersey State Assembly, joining six-term Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, who was handily reelected, the News India Times reports. But the community wasn’t so lucky in other races.

The Talking Transition tent is located on the corner of Canal and 6th Avenue. (Photo by Gwynne Hogan / Voices of NY)

Lively Discussions Fuel Talks at Transition Tent

Elections 2013, Government, Housing, In the News, New York November 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

An open forum addressed solutions to the affordable housing conundrum, as part of larger Talking Transition initiative.

Cindy Frías dreams of mofongo in the U.S. Air Force (Photo via El Diario-La Prensa.)

Pride, Struggle for Hispanics on Veteran’s Day

Government, Latino November 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm

To commemorate Veteran’s Day, El Diario-La Prensa published a series of articles and profiles that offer a vivid portrait of Hispanic men and women in the U.S. Army: From the struggles of veterans to the sense of homesickness and patriotism of the ones deployed.

Chirlane McCray and Anni Kuan. (Photo from Anni Kuan via World Journal)

First Lady in Red and the Designer Responsible

Culture, East Asian, Elections 2013, Government November 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

World Journal profiles the Taiwanese-born designer of the red dress worn by New York City’s future First Lady Chirlane McCray at husband Bill de Blasio’s victory party.

Non-citizens will be able to vote at a mock election in Jackson Heights. Voting will run from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., as in regular polling places. (Photo by Willis Arnold/Voices of NY)

Legal Immigrants to Vote Tuesday in ‘Mock Election’

They hope to do it for real if a bill gets passed by the City Council.

(Photo from Danny Dromm's office via Queens Courier)

Street Sign Around the Corner for LGBT Activist

Government, LGBTQ, Queens October 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm

When Jeanne Manford stood by her son in a gay rights march and started what would become a national movement, homosexuality was still thought of as a mental disorder. Supporters of the late LGBT activist are closer to seeing her legacy emblazoned on a street sign, reports Queens Courier.

Photo via Sing Tao Daily

Chinatown Park Closed After 9/11 Finally Opens

East Asian, Environment, Government October 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Sing Tao Daily reports that efforts by Chinatown residents to take back James Madison Plaza from the NYPD after 9/11 have paid off. Last week, the park reopened with renovations to the tune of $2 million, an example of a community push coming to fruition.

Members of the Central Park Five, left to right - Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, and Raymond Santana. (Photo by Maysles Institute, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: Are Prosecutors Untouchable, Free of Accountability?

Brooklyn, Government, Opinion, Revson Covering NYC October 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

In instances like the Central Park Jogger case, in which five innocent teens were convicted for a vicious crime they did not commit, what are the consequences for the prosecutors who oversaw such a travesty of justice? Are they untouchable? Are they free from accountability?

Community and religious organizations call for Justice Department to investigate NYPD surveillance programs. (Photo by PaulSteinJC/Flickr.)

Calls for Formal Investigation of NYPD Muslim Surveillance

Government, Religion October 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

An alliance of community, religious and civic organizations are calling on the Justice Department to investigate the controversial NYPD surveillance of Muslims.